Anthony Harris accepts franchise tender

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Despite speculation that the Vikings simply tagged safety Anthony Harris with an eye toward trading him, Harris has accepted the franchise tender — and it sounds like he plans to remain with the team for years to come.

“Since arriving in Minnesota with uncertainty as an undrafted free agent in 2015, I have accomplished my dream of playing in the NFL, going from practice squad, to making the active roster, to becoming a full-time starter, to leading the league in interceptions,” Harris said on Twitter. “During the past five years, Minnesota has become home and is where I want to continue to develop as a player, having only scratched the surface.”

Harris became a full-time starter during the 2018 season, and he held that role throughout 2019.

“Although it has been a strange offseason, time spent in isolation with family has been refreshing and energizing,” Harris said. “This is just one step in God’s plan for me and my family. I will let my agents and the Vikings work towards long term certainty in Minnesota, but I am excited to be back for the 2020 season.”

Harris has plenty of reason to be motivated. Despite a great year in 2019, he didn’t make it to the Pro Bowl, and he received only one All-Pro vote.

“I am continuing my focus on what it takes to be successful both as a team and as an individual,” Harris explained. “I am excited for the new challenges the 2020 season will bring, but I am most excited for the opportunity to help bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota and the best fans in the country. Skol!”

Harris will earn a guaranteed salary of $11.441 million in 2020, a number higher than the cash ($8.75 million) and cap figure ($10.75 million) attributable this year to safety Harrison Smith.

The Vikings and Harris have until July 15 to finalize a long-term deal. Otherwise, Harris will be in line for a shot at the open market or a franchise tag of $13.72 million in 2021.

17 responses to “Anthony Harris accepts franchise tender

  1. Poor fella. Nobody ever wants to end up in MN, but things are especially awful there right now.

  2. Vikings can’t beat the Seahawks but they have 4 times the talent team wide that they have had to let go of multiple players. Meanwhile……Russell Wilson just cures all in Seattle up til the playoffs. Seattle should just trade QBs with them so one of the two teams can win a Super Bowl next couple years.

  3. Glad to see this. Now the front office needs to get to work signing him to a long-term deal. Harris is a special talent.

    He is also another example of the excellent defensive coaching of Zimmer and his staff, getting the most out of young players considered marginal, and teaching them how to play the game and get the most of out their talent. I’ve been wishing their OL coaches would have have half the success of the defensive coaches over the past five seasons.

  4. He is a quality guy who worked hard for everything. A nice reminder this weekend that the NFL has quality individuals too.

  5. Vikings gave him the opportunity and where he became starter AMD also wants to end his career as well. Other 31 teams passed on him 300 times.

  6. Once they get rid of reif and elflein they can sign him to a 3 year extension

  7. imagine going from 400k to 11 mill in one year!
    He picked Rodgers on a TE crosser that was anticipation and athleticism personified. Hope he’s for real.

  8. Sign him long term, drop Reiff. Best safety tandem in NFL. Otherwise just get Joey Browner out of retirement

  9. Home town Zero: you have much bigger problems after that horrible draft,than to worry about who plays for the Vikings. Keeping Erin happy is a start…….

  10. fwippel says:
    May 17, 2020 at 3:32 pm
    Glad to see this. Now the front office needs to get to work signing him to a long-term deal. Harris is a special talent.

    He is also another example of the excellent defensive coaching of Zimmer and his staff, getting the most out of young players considered marginal, and teaching them how to play the game and get the most of out their talent. I’ve been wishing their OL coaches would have have half the success of the defensive coaches over the past five seasons.

    Would have liked to see what Sparano could have accomplished.

    Elfein was a stud as a rookie, but so was Matt Khalil. O’Neil has grown into a solid OT. One of these rookies is bound to be a starter. Current coaching staff, Dennison and Kubiak, might get more out of these guys than last year. Cleveland seems athletic like O’Neil. With Cook’s style running the ball, might have to be more creative than smashmouth.

  11. He knows that the NFC North other teams have the worst QBs in the league and he has a chance to set the single season interception record. Probably get 5 against Green Bay alone

  12. Let’s face it, Harris is a good player, not $11 million good and that is another black mark on the Spielman record because he should have signed him at competitve number before it got this far. But this mistake pales in comparison to siging a mid tier QB for $84 million

    Building a roster is a two part process; identifying talent and cap management, I’m not sure which one Spielma is worst at?

  13. whatjusthapped says:
    May 18, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Let’s face it, Harris is a good player, not $11 million good and that is another black mark on the Spielman record because he should have signed him at competitve number before it got this far. But this mistake pales in comparison to siging a mid tier QB for $84 million.
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    LOL! This from a fan of an organization who just absorbed an $80 million cap hit for their “Best QB in the history of football” while drafting his replacement and getting him zero receiver help? Too funny.

  14. It’s a big number, but a smart move if they can work something out in the long term. The guy is not elite, but he’s very, very good.

    His numbers for the past two years when targeted:
    21-for-33, 216 yards, 0 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 42.8 rating with PFF grades of 87.1 and 92.7 for 2018 and 2019 respectively.

    He also has some of the softest hands I’ve seen on a safety.

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